Court Improvement Program Resources and Articles

  • Updated ICWA Guidelines
    Effective February 25, 2015
  • CIP Focus on Kids Conference 2011
    CIP’s 2011 statewide conference featuring innovations in programming and practice to provide new opportunities for courts, agencies, and the legal community to improve the outcomes for children, youth, and families who enter the child welfare system.
  • Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys
    This Guide uses a framework that centers on the logical steps of decision making, emphasizing the need for a sequential process that is grounded in principles of critical thinking and rigorous and precise analysis.
  • Acronyms Used in CIP Program

  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada - Special Education Brochure
    Special education consists of teaching, services and support for children with disabilities so that they can do well in school. Public schools (including charter schools) must teach children with disabilities by giving them special education. Special education is free and should be “appropriate.” It can help your child make meaningful progress. Special education should treat each child as an individual. Special education is services and supports — it is not a place.
  • Achieving Timely Permanency in Child Protection Courts: The Importance of Frontloading the Court Process, by Judge Leonard P. Edwards.
    Timely permanency for foster children has been an unrealized goal in our nation’s juvenile courts. The goal of timely permanency is a legal mandate, it serves the needs of families, it is consistent with evolving case management standards, it is required by the Canons of Judicial Ethics, and it serves the best interests of children. Judges must take a leadership role within their courts to reduce delays in child protection courts. Through a series of changes including legislation, court rules, case management techniques, and judicial control, timely permanency for foster children can be achieved.
  • Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK) Program